International Conference on "Volunteer Engagement"

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International Conference – "Volunteer Engagement"

Wednesday, 9th March 2016


09.30 - 10.00: Registrations / Networking

10.00 - 10.10: Welcome from Volunteer4Greece – Myrto Papathanou, (Board and Founding member of Volunteer4greece).

10.10 - 10.20: Welcome from Cultural Attache - U.S. Embassy – Mike Snyder, Cultural Attaché.

10.20 - 10.30: Welcome from Points of Light (POL) - Gared Jones, Senior Vice President, Global, Points of Light.

10.30 - 11.20: State of the World Volunteerism: Evolution and trends in Greece and other European countries. (From Greece to the World, learn how the work of volunteers are changing communities around the world and which are the emerging trends that will be shaping volunteerism in the 21st century).

      Moderator: Meridith Rentz, Chief of Staff, Points of Light

  • Europe - Vicente Ballesteros, CEV BoD member, European Centre of Volunteering (CEV)
  • Greece - Lena Panagiotarea, GM Volunteer4Greece, Volunteer4Greece

11.20 - 11.40: Coffee break

11.40 - 13.00: Reimagining Volunteer Engagement - Learn from Points of Light affiliates around the world how they successfully increased volunteer participation and retention in their local communities to maximize both value and social impact.

      Moderator: Alison Doerfler, Executive Director, HandsOn Network at Points of Light

  • Jon Meech - Chief Executive Officer at HandsOn London
  • András F. TÓTH - CEO at National Volunteer Center (ÖKA)
  • Hannah Wojno - Director International Division at Ruach Tova

13.00 - 13.30: Managing Volunteers in Time of Disaster or Humanitarian Crisis, D.Vallianatou, HR officer- NGO Praksis.  

13.30 - 14.45: Lunch break

14.45 - 15.15: The Case for Corporate Volunteerism. Learn about the value, corporations are creating for communities, employees and their business through volunteering -  Gared Jones, Senior Vice President, Global, Points of Light.

15.15 - 15.45: Case Study - Corporate Volunteer program- Corporate volunteering from A to B- Alexia Machaira, Communications & CSR Manager - AB Vassilopoulos, Delhaize Group.

15.45 - 16.00: Coffee break

16.00 - 17.30: Grant Panel Discussion with Local Foundations - How foundations motivate NGOs to engage volunteers.

      Moderator: Alexander Theodoridis (Founding Member of NGO Boroume and BoD member         of Volunteer4Greece).     

  • Vl. Adraktas, Program Officer - Bodosaki foundation
  • R. Benjamin, Program Officer - Stavros Niarchos Foundation
  • V. Fragkou - Advisor to TIMA Charitable foundation
  • Al. Zavvos, Program Officer -Solidarity Now
  • A. Pattakos, Program Officer - John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation

17.30 - 17.45: Closing Remarks – Alexander Fourlis (Board and Founding member of Volunteer4Greece).

All presentations will be in English.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016 9:30 AM


Titania Hotel, Ouranos Hall
Panepistimiou 52
106 78 Athina
, Greece

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